Minnesota Vikings Best and Worst: Week 4 vs. Houston Texans

Oct 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) signals after making a reception against the Houston Texans for a first down during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

More Good Stuff

Once again, there were a lot of positives to take away from the game. The Minnesota Vikings defense was able to hold the Texans to 23 points, the smallest offensive output from one of their opponents through the first four weeks of the season.

Offensively, the purple and gold didn’t get a lot of players involved but those who did were able to make huge contributions to the team. Only four players caught passes from Kirk Cousins, with only four of the 16 catches made by tight ends or running backs.

Other good things from Week 4

  • That WR duo is special. By now, everyone knows that Adam Thielen is a very talented wide receiver. However, having Justin Jefferson emerging to take the pressure off Thielen provides the offense with a major boost. The duo combined to haul in 12 catches for 217 yards and a touchdown. Plus, Jefferson’s 25.8 yards per catch is eye-opening.
  • Bend but don’t break. It’s shocking how a Vikings defense that can struggle against the run can tighten up so much in goal-line situations. Their ability to stop rushing attempts and clog the middle of the field is quite admirable and something that should continue to pay dividends for this team.
  • A returning defender. Having Cameron Dantzler back in the lineup was big. He was excellent in coverage on the day and was a strong deterrent in Deshaun Watson’s decisions to throw the ball in his direction.